Paper Soul

The way to my heart is not through diamond rings or expensive items. Lavishing me with flowers or cooking me a good meal. The road to my heart is paved with Paper Towns lined in Harry Potter and maintained by Aldous Huxley. Sometimes it can be dark like Gone Girl or full adventure like Percy Jackson. Find me in the stories that have helped define who I am. Understand me through the characters and see my world through their struggles. I will give any genre a try because i love discovering great new authors and books. I love to discuss anything literary, so feel free to comment on anything.

 

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"“Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.”

- Dr. Seuss"
"“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

-Dr. Seuss"
"“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”

– Frank Serafini"
"“I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.”

– J.K. Rowling"

The Helper Owl

The Ghost, The Owl - Betsy Franco

 She has lost her way and cannot remember how to get back until a friendly owl spots her and decides to help. In Franco's graphic novel, readers are given a rich illustration of Eleanor and Aldus journey of self-discovery.


Pro: The illustrations in this graphic novel are very vibrant and colorful. They change with the mood of the plot which is a great indicator of what will happen or what is coming up. Portraying Aldus the owl as a helper to the ghost was [pleaseant to read about. usually, owls are not portrayed in this manner.

 

Cons: The illustrations could get a little overwhelming with all the details and colors. Sometimes they got in the way of what was happening in the story. There was not much development of the characters and would have liked to know more about the owl politics or what happened after Aldus helped Eleanor. Also knowing why the man was attacking Jessica and their relationship would have helped with the depth of the story. 

 

A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

"“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

– Albert Einstein"
"“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”

– Roald Dahl"
"“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

– Maya Angelou"

Risk it for Love

Worth the Risk (Pine Valley) (Volume 1) - Heather B. Moore

Summary: Alicia never wanted to return to her hometown but she only did to help her mother. She never knew she would run into her ex-friend and crush while working as a hostess. But when Jeff walks back into her life, can she forgive him for what he did all those years ago? Jeff regrets how he treated Alicia and wishes he could change the past. Even though that is impossible, he will try the next best thing; changing the future.

 

Pro:

 

  • Alicia was a very pleasant protagonist. She had enough flaws and struggles that the reader could connect with her and her emotions. Her relationship with her mother was flawed and strained which added to the complexity of the plot and Alicia herself. We have all felt the urge to make our own lives while at the same time the pull of responsibilities to family. Alicia is in constant battle with her life and her heart.
  • The book was a pretty face paced and short. Even with the story being a short story rather than a whole novel, Moore was able to keep them connected. This made a good fast read. It is also a good clean romance that focuses on the relationship and not the sexuality of a couples dynamics. There are some PG situations that make the story a little steamy.

 

Con:

  • This being a short story, a lot of interactions are speed up and don't really get to fully developed. This is the same for the development of the characters. Alicia and Jeff’s past are briefly described, so that i disliked him enough to side with Alicia. I would have liked a lot more explanation both between them and Alicia’s parents. That way I could better relate with Alicia. Jeff is the typical romance counterpart. He is successful, handsome and popular. I feel he was a bland template of a man with no real depth. I also feel that this depth was lost because of the shortness of the book.
  • For a short story, it is a pleasant and entertaining read, I would have like a little more development and surprises.

 

Controversial Reads

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas Love, Hate and Other Filters - Samira Ahmed This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp

I love books that make me feel something. Whether it is loss, pain, regret, happiness or love. The fact that the book has an effect emotionally to a reader means it has a very legitimate tie to the real world. This is the exact reason I wanted to read these three books. I knew it would provoke something in me and create discussion. I'm all for discussion, as long as its an adult and mature one. I know that my views are not shared by everyone and this is why I have held off on reviewing these books. But I feel we sometimes hide too much because of the fear. The fear that we will be yelled at, blamed, called names. So while I debate on whether to review these and other controversial books, Id like to know how you guys feel. 

 

Maybe not about the books above, but regarding books that hit a nerve. I'm interested to hear what you think

"“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy"

Back to the Dark Tower

So before the HUGE...HUGE disappointment of a movie came out, I posted about my feelings of the casting and trailer of the Dark Tower movie. I am an enormous fan of Stephen King.  I saw him at the Kimo with George RR Martin, read most of his books and by far love the Dark Tower Series. I love Roland and Jake as characters plus their interactions, not to mention the multi-dimensional feel of the book. So when the movie came out I cringed and of course, complained. I HATED the movie, everything I loved about the series had been stripped away and rushed. So I pretend the movie didn't happen

 

 

But then I stumble into this...Into a series really..... An article rumoring that the Gunslinger may return to the small screen. At first, I was slightly happy because a series would allow for more growth. I had this same hope with The Mortal instruments and look what they did to that.... Maybe I would have more hope if it was HBO picking it up instead of Amazon. Because I consider the Dark Tower in the same cinematography/maturity as Game of Thrones. 

 

So will I watch it...maybe

Will it be good.. probably not

What can I say I'm a pessimist

Because of current events

This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp

I've wanted to read this book for a while, yet always pushed the book off for other ones. But I feel that I need to read it now. With the recent school shooting, political conflict and gun policy that has now been rehashed again. I'm interested to see how this author will depict such an emotional and hard topic. 

There is always a price to beauty

The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton

Want a smaller waist? A fuller bust or maybe a darker complexion. No longer do you have to go under the knife and have long recovery times. Instead of a surgeon doing alterations, the Belles are the artists. Every year there is a celebration to introduce all the coming of age Belles and to choose the Favorite, which will serve the royal family. Camellia is a Belle participating and hoping to become the Favorite. But be careful what you wish for because there is always a price for beauty and the standards are always moving. 

 

Pro: 

 

- Camellia is an amazing character. I loved her fierce determination and bold ideas. She wanted to create a path for herself that did not conform to others perspective. Even though sometimes these strong ideas and stubbornness would get her in trouble, she always tried to do whats best. Talking with others and checking her emotions to come to a clearer conclusion. Yet, she was made human by making mistakes and in turn trying to learn from her mistakes. I loved her resistance to the standards of beauty and the maintenance it required. She wanted to find the natural beauty in every person she tended to and met. 

 

- The idea of individuals manipulating features on a person was fascinating to me. How the Belles, through their gift, can change a person drastically in a small amount of time. They can change height, weight, skin color etc to what the person envisions. Clayton does a beautiful job of describing the process of manipulating beauty. Clayton also does an amazing job in displaying how the standards of beauty are constantly changing and the pressure of keeping up with the trends, the toll it takes on both the Belles, culture, and population. 

 

- This book I feel reflects the relationship we have with beauty presently. There is an impossible standard that is being set with the filters, social media and makeup that want to enhance, cover or correct. More is needed instead of less and the need to show the world how beautiful and perfect you are is reflected in the plot of this book. I have nothing against looking your best and wanting to put your best foot forward. It just seems instead of having conversations and learning we are replacing this with who has the most likes or the best contouring. 

 

_ I loved the mixture of relationships in the book. Although the alternative relationships were not accepted, Camellia had an open mind and saw past sexual preferences. This too reminded me of how our culture tends to be a don't ask don't tell society. The princesses ladies and the court had one life that was what the princess wanted but often that did not mirror their private lives. 

 

Con: 

 

-Some of the twist and surprises were anticipated and I could guess early on. Maybe I have read a lot of YA to know the clues. 

 

- I would have liked to learn more about what the Belles learned before they came to court and their history. So when they go to their coming out celebration a stronger bond with each character and really cheer for Camellia. 

 

Quotes:

 

- Dreams remind us of who we are and how we feel about the things around us

 

- Lies are as dangerous as a sword. They can cut to the bone.

 

- No one is a prisoner... Even you have the power to make your own choices

 

- Love is when hearts beat together

"“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”

– Paul Sweeney"

10 #mustread books coming our today, February 20, 2018

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Blood of a Thousand Stars - Rhoda BellezaBlood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza  

YA Fantasy 

War tears the galaxy apart, power tests the limits of family, and violence gives way to freedom in this exhilarating sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies.
Empress 
With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.
Fugitive 
Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.
Princess 
Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.

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